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  ERIC COOK, FORMER VENOM MANAGER AND DEMOLITION RECORDS FOUNDER, HAS PASSED AWAY
12th April 2017



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Eric Cook, the former Venom manager who oversaw the band's affairs in the very beginning and helped the Black Metal founders get established has passed away.

Eric was suffering from cancer and leaves his wife Carol and two children.

As well as his involvement with Venom, Eric and his brother Ged founded Demolition Records in 2000, the label that was home to David Lee Roth, Twisted Sister, The Quireboys, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P. and more.

He also created the state-of-the-art recording complex, Blast Recording Studios, in Newcastle in 2010, which was used by Twisted Sister, The Arctic Monkeys and Take That.

Eric was representing Andy Taylor of Duran Duran and Rod Stewart, BBC actor Richard Wisker and classical musician Tolga Kashif up until 2013 and is named in Joel McIver's 'Metallica: Justice For All' book as being instrumental in the thrash giants supporting Venom on the 'Seven Dates Of Hell' tour, as follows:

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Venom Inc. guitarist Jeff 'Mantas' Dunn commented on Eric's passing:

"Today sees the end of an era. My good friend Eric Cook lost his battle with the most vicious enemy. This is the second friend I have lost in the last three months to this disgusting disease. We travelled the world together and went through so many things, good and bad, but always remained friends.

"For those of you who don't know, Eric was Venom's manager and fought hard to see the band rise to the heights that it did, working tirelessly behind the scenes.

"I have no words to express my sadness at the time of this news and can only offer my sincere condolences to his wife Carol and their two children and his brother Ged.

"Taken far too soon, rest well my friend."

Venom Inc. drummer Anthony 'Abaddon' Bray wrote:

"I met Eric Cook when I was 16. I invited him to come with Venom as guitar roadie when we played our first real concert in Belgium. He subsequently became our manager and pretty much everything we achieved was because of him. We were business partners and saw each other every day for twenty odd years. He was the funniest guy you could hang out with, but tenacious in business and managed to make a quid go a long, long way. We didn't always see eye to eye, but he'd always listen to the other guys' point of view and could be swayed, if need be.

"Eric succumbed to a very violent cancer earlier today. He'd been ill since Christmas but kept working and trying to break bands and run his studio and other business interest.

"As his brother Ged succinctly put... The music business has lost a powerhouse and a legend... I have lost a brother.

"Sleep well, mate."





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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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